|Co-Presidents||Amaryah Orenstein and Nancy Rubin Stuart|
|Vice President||Jan Krause Greene|
|Membership Chair||Katherine Flynn|
|Corresponding Secretary||Christine Melchior|
|Recording Secretary||Leslie Nyman|
|Members at Large||
|Immediate Past President||Daphne Kalotay|
Board and Officers, 2015-2016
Amaryah Orenstein, Co-President
Amaryah Orenstein, founder of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Amaryah began her career at the Laura Gross Literary Agency in 2009 and, prior to that, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations, including the Tauber Institute, where she edited books for Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Amaryah earned a BA at McGill University before coming to the US to pursue graduate studies in American History. She completed an MA at Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute and a PhD at Brandeis University. For more about Amaryah and her agency, please visit: www.go-lit.com
Nancy Rubin Stuart, Co-President
Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author/ journalist specializing in women, social trends and history. Her work has appeared in national publications, including The New York Times, The New England Quarterly, Amercan History and the Huffington Post. The author of seven nonfiction books, Nancy serves on the board of the Women Writing Women’s Lives Seminar of the City University of New York Graduate Center and is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Writers Center. For more about Nancy and her work, please visit: www.nancyrubinstuart.com.
Jan Krause Greene, Vice-President
Jan Krause Greene, author of I Call Myself Earth Girl (Soul Rocks, 2013), is a former high school teacher, education consultant and newspaper columnist. She began writing poetry and fiction when she retired in oder to become her mother’s caretaker. Currently working on the sequel to her novel, she can be found at open mic venues where she is a popular story teller. She is the host of the Literary Arts Open Mic at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough, MA and an editor for 45 Magazine. Her website is www.jkgreene.com.
Katherine Flynn, Membership Chair
Katherine Flynn has been a literary agent with the Kneerim & Williams Agency since 2008. She represents both fiction and nonfiction. Prior to joining the agency, Katherine worked at the publishing company of Bedford/St. Martin’s as well as the literary agency of Nicholas Ellison/Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. in New York. She has taught English literature and composition to high school students and worked in a rare book shop. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and then pursued her Ph.D. in History at Brown University, where she is now A.B.D.
Morgan Hillman, Treasurer
Morgan Hillman has spent most of her career in trade book publishing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, specializing in sales to retail, wholesale, and literacy channels, and also manages the small presses that HMH distributes. She graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in World Literature before moving east, and completed a Project Management course at BU. She loves to read snuggled up with her beagle, Dixie, about whom she hopes to write a children’s book someday.
Christine Melchior, Corresponding Secretary
Christine Melchior has been a consultant for over 20 years with Keystone Associates, a career management firm. she counsels laid-off individuals toward re-employment. She also has worked as a freelance business writer, having begun her career in the field of corporate communication. She is a recipient of the National MacEachern Award for excellence in magazine writing. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference on multiple occasions, and recently completed her first novel.
Leslie Nyman, Recording Secretary
Leslie Nyman has worked as a nurse and veterinary office manager while continuing to pursue her first passion: writing fiction. In retirement she volunteers at the local Survival Center and with the League of Women Voters while continuing to pursue her first passion. She has published several short stories and one novel in the historical fiction genre. Like all writers she has a few unsuccessful works in the drawer and another completed book looking for representation, and continues to write. She is a gardener, traveler, Janeite who lives in Western Massachusetts.
Nicole Angeloro, Member-at-Large
Nicole Angeloro is an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She edits fiction, including historical, women’s, and mystery; memoir and graphic memoir; and narrative nonfiction, with an interest in history, biography, and pop culture. She is also the in-house editor for a number of the bestselling Best American anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories. A graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in history, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course before moving to Boston.
Lisa Braxton, Member-at-Large
Lisa Braxton, former president of WNBA-Boston, earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and her Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a number of print and online publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game, Vermont Literary Review, Clockhouse Review: The Literary Journal of Goddard College, and WBUR-Boston’s Cognoscenti. In 2015 she received honorable mention in Writer’s Digest 84th Annual Writing Competition for an essay, “More Than I Thought I Could Bear.” She blogs about writing at www.lisabraxton.com/blog.
Deborah Milstein, Member-at-Large
Deborah Milstein is a writer at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has written for the Harvard Business Review Press. Her creative work has appeared in Harvard Review, The Drum, Columbia, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Lesley University and a certificate in publishing and communications from Harvard Extension School. A long-time member of Grub Street (Boston’s writing center), she enjoyed serving on the WNBA’s Great Group Reads selection committee in 2014 and 2015.
Mary Wasmuth, Member-at-Large
Mary Wasmuth is a librarian, job-search coach, writer, and reader. She’s worked in a number of capacities – including reference librarian, branch manager, assistant director, and collection development librarian – at a half dozen Massachusetts libraries. In addition to consulting on library issues, she coaches job hunters in libraries and ESL programs. Mary has served for more than 15 years on the advisory board for Framingham’s Adult ESL Plus program, currently as board president, and she has participated in the national WNBA Great Group Reads selection committee. She’s studied writing at Boston’s Grub Street and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Daphne Kalotay, Immediate Past President
Daphne Kalotay is a fiction writer and teacher who lives in Cambridge. She is the author of the novel Russian Winter (HarperCollins), which won the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Award and has been published in 21 foreign editions, and the fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories (Doubleday), which was short-listed for the 2005 Story Prize. A MacDowell Fellow, Daphne holds an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literature, both from Boston University, and has taught literature and creative writing at Boston University, Skidmore College, Middlebury College, and Grub Street.